What Office Clothes Should I Buy For My Body Type?
Clothing is a huge part of first impressions. “Clothes make the man”, as they say.
When you spend 40+ hours a week at the office, your wardrobe becomes all the more important. Better fitting office clothes could mean the difference between landing that promotion (or job opportunity) and being passed over.
But everyone’s got a different body type; what fits one man well won’t necessarily fit you. On top of that, some people’s body shapes don’t make it easy to find the perfect fit.
Read the rest of our shirt-fitting guide for advice on how to dress for your body type.
How Should A Dress Shirt Fit?
No matter your body type, dress shirts should generally be snug and almost form-fitting without being too tight or restricting movement.
There are several reference points to consider along the body to create the perfect-fitting shirt.
Pinch the shirt at the waist. No more than about 3 inches of shirt should be pinchable on a well-fitting dress shirt.
The collar shouldn’t constrict the neck but can’t be too loose or it’ll look sloppy. A good rule of thumb is one finger should be able to slide in between your neck and the collar.
The location of the shoulder seam is a good guide for fit at the shoulders. If it starts before where you shoulder slopes down into your arm, it’s too small. If it starts past where you shoulder starts to slope, it’s too big.
You must be able to comfortably move your arms without having excess shirt hanging down around the underarm. You can test a shirt’s fit at the armholes by tucking it in; if lifting your arms 45 degrees untucks the shirt, the armhole is most likely too low.
A good sleeve won’t bunch at the wrist, but also won’t show your arm in great detail. Your cuff should end exactly where your wrist bends.
Cuffs should be loose enough to fit a watch underneath and no more. Another rule of thumb is that the sleeve should barely peek out from underneath a suit/jacket sleeve.
Enro’s Dynamic Fit Could Help You Out
Our Dynamic Fit shirts could fit you much better than your average dress shirt. We created our Dynamic Fit using 14 points of reference, much greater than the industry standard of just 8. Our process creates not only a better-fitting dress shirt, but a better-shaped one as well. Every shirt ends up having a made-to-measure look without having to measure. You’ll look slimmer, sleeker, and taller without restricting your movement.